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Line breaks: lunch
Pronunciation: /lʌn(t)ʃ

Definition of lunch in English:


A meal eaten in the middle of the day, typically one that is lighter or less formal than an evening meal: a light lunch [mass noun]: do join us for lunch
More example sentences
  • On Monday, he served just three lunches and three evening meals; on Tuesday, four lunches and no evening meals.
  • Price also includes breakfast, afternoon tea and a combination of four evening meals and two lunches.
  • Daily lunches and evening meals are arranged by various organizations and individual donators who make monetary donations that go towards food for the children.


[no object, with adverbial] Back to top  
1Eat lunch: he told his wife he was lunching with a client
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  • I missed breakfast, lunched on three ripe, juicy plums, and dined on a plate of salad with a jacket potato and a slice of very lean pork.
  • She was a devotee in Swifty's, the successor to her beloved Mortimer's, and she lunched and dined there often.
  • We made drawings of gravestones of dead monks, lunched in local pub and had a swell trip.
1.1 [with object] Take (someone) out for lunch: public relations people lunch their clients there
More example sentences
  • She was lunched at a popular political and media haunt - all for the purpose of public consumption.
  • He was lunched by the prime minister and dined by the president.
  • The North Korean leader, in expansive mood while lunching southern media moguls, suggested a repeat in September and October.


early 19th century: abbreviation of luncheon.


do lunch

informal , chiefly North American Meet for lunch: you’re a doll—we’ll do lunch!
More example sentences
  • He is my former producer from Washington, he said he would take the train to meet me and we would do lunch.
  • When I'm visiting home this is one of the places I like to meet friends, it's a good place to do lunch of afternoon drinks.
  • Mario had made plans to meet up with his older brother and do lunch at a restaurant close by.

out to lunch

informal Temporarily not in command of one’s mental faculties.
Example sentences
  • The message was clear: parliament is out of touch as well as out to lunch.
  • I count the editor of the Independent as a friend, so the main reason I hesitate to say that he is out to lunch on this issue is that I was out to dinner with him last night.
  • Many gay marriage opponents are just plain out to lunch.

there's no such thing as a free lunch

proverb It isn’t possible to get something for nothing.
Example sentences
  • They say that there's no such thing as a free lunch, but it is possible to get fat while your employer helps to pick up the bill!
  • We all know that there's no such thing as a free lunch but the monies involved in going to see your county in action in the championship isn't for the faint-hearted.
  • However, there's no such thing as a free lunch: those toys that are so attractive to children have a price, as the US is discovering.



Example sentences
  • Most hungry lunchers, I suspect, would rather opt for a sandwich and a packet of crisps than a pot of warm, fresh porridge - however well prepared, attractively presented and nutritious it may be.
  • The line of food court lunchers snakes out the door at 12:10 p.m., so if you don't want to stand in line for a few minutes, try to get there a bit early.
  • A wall-mounted blackboard tempts lunchers to the daily menu.

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